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Smoking Bans Bring a Drop in Heart Attacks
Date:9/21/2009

es to extend that ban to city parks. Meyers said that seems like a good idea, though the immediate effect is uncertain.

"The dilutional effect of open air means there might not be enough smoke to make a difference," he said. "But only a tiny exposure to cigarette smoke can be dangerous. I would like to see everyone stop smoking, and I think a smoking ban in parks would help, but there is no scientific evidence to show that it would help."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a report by the U.S. surgeon general on the dangers of secondhand smoke.



SOURCES: David G. Meyers, M.D., M.P.H., professor, cardiology and preventive medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.; Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., professor, health and health care, and director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center; Sept. 21, 2009, Circulation; Sept. 29, 2009, Journal of the American College of Cardiology


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